Session 1 of October Rising Practices Series - Interrupting Bullying & Fostering Belonging for the General Mental Health Workforce


Main Session: 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. PT
Optional Discussion: 4:15 - 4:45 p.m. PT

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Session 1 of 3 in the "Rising Practices & Policies in our Workforce: Interrupting Bullying & Fostering Belonging" 2023 Learning Series (view series page for full details)


Bullying is a form of mistreatment that occurs in all settings, and affects all ages and populations. Bullying is defined as persistent, harmful actions that take place in the workforce, in public spaces, and beyond. It can include behaviors such as verbal criticism, personal attacks, humiliation, belittling, and exclusion. Anyone can be a bully or be bullied, regardless of their role, age or profile. In recognition of October’s National Bullying Prevention Month, the Pacific Southwest MHTTC is hosting a series that explores the ways bullying manifests in social spheres, the impacts it has across roles and sectors, and the costs and consequences of not addressing it. In dialogue with a set of regional leaders and specialists, we’ll explore new phenomena related to bullying (e.g., anti-immigrant harassment, elder abuse, workplace bullying) and strategies for fostering belonging.

This panel event will bring to light the challenges we foresee at the workforce level, and identify training, resources, and other support to help resolve them. Our Pacific Southwest Team will center conversations around rising practices, policies, and successful strategies for bullying prevention and response.


Audience: psychologists, community mental health workers, community health center professionals, social workers, marriage and family therapists, pre-service graduate students, and anyone else who is interested!



Panelists (ordered alphabetically)


Jennifer PardiniJennifer Pardini (she/hers)

Jennifer Pardini is the Community Education Coordinator at Legal Assistance for Seniors. LAS is contracted to run the Medicare counseling program known as HICAP in Alameda County. She holds a BA in French from San Francisco State University, with a background in education and is a certified HICAP counselor. She works with all the teams in her agency to bring essential Medicare and legal information to older adults, caregivers, and senior service providers in Alameda County.





Nellie TranNellie Tran, Ph.D (she/they)

Nellie Tran is Professor of Counseling and School Psychology at San Diego State University and the Executive Director of the SDSU Center for Community Counseling & Engagement. Dr. Tran the daughter of Vietnamese refugee “boat people” and a community psychologist interested in the day-to-day lived experiences of people of color within the educational system. Her work centers on the concept of subtle biases (i.e., microaggressions) within the educational experience for contexts (e.g., schools, classrooms) and teachers, administrators, students, and their families.

Dr. Tran received her doctorate in community and prevention psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was also on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and held elected executive committee positions in the Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27) and the Asian American Psychological Association.



Robin KinkaidRobin Kinkaid

Robin Kincaid is the Program Director of Nevada PEP’s Safe Allies and Education Services. Robin has twenty-four years of experience educating parents and professionals on special education law, advocacy, best practice, parent/professional collaboration and positive behavior supports. Other responsibilities include outreach activities and individual assistance to families. Robin has served on the Interagency Coordinating Council for the past 14 years, representing the parent perspective in early intervention services. As co-chair for the Families First Statewide Conference in 2009, Robin provided leadership and coordination for the conference program.




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Starts: Oct 24, 2023 3:00 pm
Ends: Oct 24, 2023 4:15 pm
Registration Deadline
October 24, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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